Hyperpowers, edited by Bascomb James is pure, unadulterated, prime-cut space opera with all the trimmings. From alien invasions to first contact gone horribly awfully wrong, the stories here range across every flavor of the genre.
From the get go, Hyperpowers does not waste its time placing you into its many settings or the strange, high-stake situations the main characters find themselves into. The stories range from tales of modern guerilla warfare against sapient machines to grim retellings of some pretty corny staples of the genre.
If you’re looking for variety in your space opera, this anthology has it in spades, but unfortunately, its 100-page length might leave you wanting. While its stories are brimming with brand new ideas that leave you wanting for more, they don’t get the chance they need to be expanded upon during the word count. Then again, if you are just looking for a way out of the drudgery of your daily commute and into taking a glimpse at a world of vast interstellar empires and Flash Gordon-y ships that go ‘pew-pew’ even in the endless vacuum of space, then this is just what the doctor ordered.
-Pure space opera to please the lovers of the genre
-Wide, flashy variety of stories
-The limited word count makes it for an easier purchase but doesn’t leave enough space for the settings to grow.